December – Winter 2020 Newsletter – Be open to solace.
IN THIS ISSUE:
- The solace of Winter
- Winter health tips with Dr. Dang.
- Did You Know…
In Chinese medicine, learning to go with the flow versus resisting it, is what enhances peace and balance. While we may yearn to get out there, and of course, the fresh air is helpful, also be open to inviting the tranquility of the solace of Winter. Strive to be in harmony with what nature is doing, and going with nature’s flow. Nature is slowing down, and quieting. Thus at this time of year we should slow down, nourish, and rejuvenate, instead of expending too much energy. Nourish as you slow down, just like a delicious slow cooked concoction, that extracts every bit of nutrients out to help your body. You can do this in your life practice. My other go-to favourite things to do this time of year:
- Clothing – Fuzzy socks. Yeah! Wearing them helps keep the Yang Qi warming energy of the Kidney organ channel strong. This energy is the core of the three levels of our immunity. Keep those feet warm instead of walking barefoot around the home!
- Herbs – Cinnamon. This time of year with the cold setting in deep into our bones, our body needs extra warming, from the core – you know those damp-cold Pacific Northwest winters right? Add more cinnamon to drive out the cold from the depths of your core. I like to add it to hot water with lemon and a bit of honey – great for fighting off colds too.
- Essential Oils – Juniper. A Nourish-and-Rejuvenate function. It’s like a hug. Enough said. Diffuse this around your home or apply a small amount on your pulse points for a deeper energetic hug and support.
Need more help? That’s where we step in with our medicinal tools! We look forward to seeing you in the clinic at your next tune up.
3 Easy Ways to Connect This Winter
Connecting With Others – “Won’t you be my neighbour?”
Can you offer to help a neighbor with grocery or essential item pick-up?
Need a handyman, cleaner or skilled-tradesperson?
Do you have items you would like to sell or offer for free?
Join the “Letters Against Isolation” to help those seniors feel less alone during COVID-19.
All this and more in your neighbourhood – go to the website/app NextDoor to find happenings in your local area.
Connecting With A Practitioner – “Therapeutic Touch”
When was the last time you or a loved one had a massage or acupuncture treatment?
Self-care and healing touch can lift our moods, give us something to look forward to.
Try Tuina [tway-nah] massage or acupuncture treatment. Also consider this as a gift for someone who could most benefit.
Red Tree Wellness is open during this holiday season and booking into the new year.
Connecting With Yourself – “Dry-brushing + Contrast hydrotherapy”
Have you tried this time-honoured method of dry brushing?
It’s very easy and quick, best to be done before a hot shower or bath.
Dry brushing stimulates the skin by brushing off dead skin, reviving your pores, moving lymph fluid out from the surface and back into circulation to be then rid of by the body.
You can find a dry-brush at your local health store or pharmacy or online.
Standing naked, start at your feet and brush upwards towards the heart (left side, upper chest), do each leg. Be sure to get front, back and sides.
Then, start at the back of your hand and brush upwards to the heart.
Brush from neck down.
It’s ok to go over an area a few times.
This really invigorates the skin, nerves and pores.
Now enjoy a hot contrast shower (work your way up to 3 minutes super hot; 1 minute super cold) alternating 3x, ending in cold water or a nice hot bath and ending in a cool/cold shower.
Then moisturize with your favorite lotion or oils.
You will feel absolutely rejuvenated!
Happy holidays and see you soon!
Dr. Kathy Dang ND, RAc
Naturopathic Physician and Registered Acupuncturist
Lastly we finish off with our traditional quick clinic FYI’s:
- We have a great variety of items for your self care at home. Grab some of our favourites like Argan Oil for dry skin with all the hand washing, Sleep Well or Headache No More essential oil blends for those late nights or early mornings. Ask for them next time you are in the clinic.
- If you forget to bring a mask to wear in the clinic, we will continue to provide them and now are charging $2.00 per mask. Thank you for your continued patronage as we support you while navigating these evolving times.
- Remember to check out our video on how to use silicone cups! It is on our YouTube channel or Facebook page here, and pick some up next time you are in for use at home to relieve those muscles from all that working at home time.
We wish you a healthy winter season. Be Well.
Yours in good health and happiness,
Dr. Sonia F. Tan, DAOM and the Red Tree Wellness team